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Social Media and CSR: Are We There Yet? New White Paper Social Media and CSR: Are We There Yet? New White Paper

Social media is almost a given. With over 141 million Americans on Facebook and over 600 million worldwide, according to Compete.com, 31 million on Twitter, and 100 million on LinkedIn, it is rare to convene …

Government and Philanthropy: Team of Rivals?
By Susan Carey Dempsey on April 27, 2011 | No Comment
Government and Philanthropy: Team of Rivals?

From Egypt to Wisconsin, in the streets and on smart phones, observed Tom Watson, activists are finding their voices and finding their fellow citizens. At a panel discussion on Government and Philanthropy at NYU’s Heyman …

Skoll World Forum and the Social Commons: Amidst Oxford’s Spires – and in the Twitter Feeds – the Order Is Changing…
By Tom Watson on April 2, 2009 | No Comment

Even as we witnessed drastic shifts in the very system of capitalism that supported the growth of social entrepreneurship in its more enlightened margins, 800 delegates from 60-odd countries flocked to the 900-year-old University of Oxford last week for the annual Skoll World Forum – the sixth formal gathering of the leadership of the blended social sector that may well have to redefine its own model on the fly to keep up with a decimated marketplace.

From onPhilanthropy’s Publisher: The Inside Story
By Tom Watson on March 23, 2009 | No Comment

Back in my newspaper days, we had a tradition that made a lot of good sense: a yearly editorial that discussed the newspaper itself in some detail – its ownership, history, business aims and future plans. If the community spent any time on our pages, and came to trust our reporting and outlook, then it deserved some disclosure and transparency in return for its quarter.

Obama vs. Madoff: Charity, Change and Crisis at the Dawn of a New Era
By Tom Watson on January 16, 2009 | No Comment
Obama vs. Madoff: Charity, Change and Crisis at the Dawn of a New Era

We do not have an advance copy of President–Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration address just at hand, but it’s no particular leap of faith to predict that a national call to public service will be issued from the west front of the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.

A CauseWired Campaign: What Obama’s Online Victory Means for the Social Sector
By Tom Watson on November 6, 2008 | No Comment
A CauseWired Campaign: What Obama’s Online Victory Means for the Social Sector

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from CauseWired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World, a new book by onPhilanthropy publisher Tom Watson on the rise of online social activism.

Lessons from the Political Arena: Personal Democracy in Action
By Tom Watson on July 9, 2008 | No Comment
Lessons from the Political Arena: Personal Democracy in Action

“Can we just put up a site like Barack Obama’s?”

Transformational Government: The Ultimate Wired Cause
By Tom Watson on April 7, 2008 | No Comment

Most of the old Palace of Westminster was lost in a disastrous fire in 1834, and much of what was rebuilt to form the modern Parliament chambers of Great Britain by the Victorians was damaged …

From Local to Global, Measuring Corporate Philanthropy’s Impact
By Tom Watson on February 28, 2008 | No Comment

Stronger communities and motivated employees create a double bottom line that should encourage corporate philanthropy, even in challenging economic times; that message was clear during the day of festivities and discussion marking National Corporate Philanthropy Day Monday, February 25.

Revolution in Kenya: Refocusing Microfinance on the World’s Poorest
By Tom Watson on October 17, 2007 | No Comment

Ingrid Munro of the Kenyan microfinance agency Jamii Bora spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Microfinance Club of New York, and she stopped by onPhilanthropy for an interview.

Hilton Symposium Celebrates Success, and Highlights Development Challenges
By Tom Watson on September 13, 2007 | No Comment
Hilton Symposium Celebrates Success, and Highlights Development Challenges

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon looked around the Starlight Roof at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel last night at the tables filled with philanthropists, foundation officers, nonprofit executives and social entrepreneurs and struck a hopeful note of collaboration in his remarks at the annual Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Symposium.

A Deeper Commitment: At Gathering of Philanthropists, Personal Involvement is the Message
By Tom Watson on July 12, 2007 | No Comment
A Deeper Commitment: At Gathering of Philanthropists, Personal Involvement is the Message

When it comes to changing the world, you don’t need to know everything to begin to make a difference. That was the message of several major philanthropists this weekend at the Greenbrier, where the Wealth & Giving Forum convened prominent families, experts in the field of water and poverty alleviation, and other leaders in an atmosphere that encouraged open discussion of philanthropy and its place in the world.

Facebook Generation: Will Social Networks Change the Nature of Philanthropy?
By Tom Watson on June 13, 2007 | No Comment
Facebook Generation: Will Social Networks Change the Nature of Philanthropy?

A few weeks ago, my daughter and I started a bank and now we make loans to businesses all over the world. Now, before you speculate on my family wealth or means – and my place among the banking titans – consider that we started this little lending institution of ours with $250.

Clash of Cultures in the Foundation World?
By Tom Watson on May 2, 2007 | No Comment
Clash of Cultures in the Foundation World?

The question seems to be floating about all the philanthropy conferences and charity blogs: Can old-line traditional foundations compete in the changing world of philanthropy?

Fame and Philanthropic Currency: Celebrities and Moguls Trade Success for Global Change
By Tom Watson on April 26, 2007 | No Comment
Fame and Philanthropic Currency: Celebrities and Moguls Trade Success for Global Change

The halls of the Beverly Hilton are draped with elegant black and white photographs of stars from Hollywood’s golden age. Among the 3,000 attendees of the 10th annual Milken Institute Global Conference – the philanthropists, media titans, private equity chiefs, and economists – mingle the tastefully-framed images of Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, and Lauren Bacall.

Skoll at Oxford: A Changing Time for Philanthropy
By Tom Watson on April 2, 2007 | No Comment
Skoll at Oxford: A Changing Time for Philanthropy

Through his foundation and the Skoll Centre at Oxford, eBay billionaire Jeff Skoll has emerged as the leading light of the social entrepreneurship movement, which began as early as the 1980s, when technically savvy entrepreneurial types first sought to bring their brand of disruptive change to the world’s problems.

Globalizing Philanthropy: Made in America No Longer Fits
By Tom Watson on February 15, 2007 | No Comment
Globalizing Philanthropy: Made in America No Longer Fits

One of the signature cultural moments in the globalization of the economy will unfold this Sunday, amidst the roar of high-octane engines at the Daytona International Speedway. Sure, there are some grumblings in racing-obsessed quarters about the entry of Toyota-branded stock cars for the first time in the history of a sport that began with moonshiners running souped-up jalopies to escape the hated revenuers. But it’s the fine print that counts: NASCAR, that most American of sports federations, has changed the qualifying language for high-tech machines that barrel along curved tracks at 200 miles per hour. For the first time, “American-made” has been replaced in the rule book by “American-assembled.”

The Year in onPhilanthropy: The Biggest Stories of 2006
By Tom Watson on December 20, 2006 | No Comment
The Year in onPhilanthropy: The Biggest Stories of 2006

When the great histories of American philanthropy are set to paper a generation from now, 2006 will be remembered as the Year of the Titan – a time when massive sums were committed to noble causes and the very definition of “philanthropy” began to change from the top down.

SPECIAL REPORT: Consumer Philanthropy
By Tom Watson on December 13, 2006 | No Comment
SPECIAL REPORT: Consumer Philanthropy

Never has the world of brands and consumer culture been more closely aligned with philanthropy and the human desire to change the world for the better. World leaders, captains of industry, rock stars and mega-athletes. They’re all embracing philanthropy in the new 21st century, bringing a “win now” mentality to the marketplace, and vowing to see to it that their dollars really do bring about change.

Carolyn Cavicchio, as President and CEO of the philanthropy division of Changing Our World, Inc., a leading philanthropic services firm, has advised major corporations on effective corporate philanthropy and CSR. She can be reached at ccavicchio@changingourworld.com
By Tom Watson on November 29, 2006 | No Comment
Carolyn Cavicchio, as President and CEO of the philanthropy division of Changing Our World, Inc., a leading philanthropic services firm, has advised major corporations on effective corporate philanthropy and CSR. She can be reached at ccavicchio@changingourworld.com

Peggy Conlon is CEO of the Ad Council, which each year mobilizes more than $1.8 billion of advertising time and space, the creative services of over 50 major advertising agencies, and related financial support from hundreds of corporations, all in service of causes and nonprofits. Recently, the Ad Council announced its Generous Nation campaign, designed to make American more aware of philanthropy to inspire them to volunteer and to give.

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